Nature

Best Practices for Planting a Tree

July 21, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . Mulching trees is the best thing you can after you’ve planted them properly; some research shows it can double the rate of growth for newly established trees. A good tip when mulching trees is...

Mississippi Kite in South Carolina

July 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) - Carolina Raptor Center at Huntersville, North Carolina

These birds are more common inland than they use to be.

Using Beautyberry in Floral Arrangements

July 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I'm Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . For many years Ruthie Lacey and I decorated for parties. I was charged with bringing stuff you couldn't order, things gathered from the wild that added more variety and...

A "Mermaid's Bracelet"

July 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A tube from a polychaete worm, most likely a Plumed Worm, Diopatra cuprea.

A family finds an object in a tidal pool which one of the children dubs a "mermaid's bracelet." It's actually a tube extending from a Plumed Worm, or Diopatra cuprea, beneath the sand.

Fox Squirrel

July 10, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Fox Squirrel.

A listener spots an odd looking squirrel in Santee...

Owl Pellets

July 5, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An owl pellet.

Owl pellets, like the one a listener found, contain the remains of the animals the owl "recycles."

The Rat Snake and the Squirrel

July 4, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Black Rat Snake.

A listener finds a Black Rat snake making a meal of a squirrel. Rat Snakes are powerful constrictors and feed on small mammals.

Lady's Tresses Orchids

June 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Lady's Tresses Orchid.

If you find one of these lovely plants, it's best left in place if you want it to thrive.

Discovering the Lowcountry | ETV Endowment Intern Cassidy

June 15, 2018 - Posted in SCETV Summer Interns by Cassidy Haynes
Sgt. Jasper Park in Hardeeville

Hi, everyone! I’m Cassidy Haynes, and I’m interning at the Beaufort SCETV station. In this first week alone, I’ve traveled to Hunting Island, Columbia, and Hardeeville, and so far it’s been a blast. I’m incredibly grateful to have an opportunity to see first-hand the work...

Anhingas at Huntington Beach State park

June 11, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
An Anhinga.

A listener spots some "crazy" birds at Hunting Beach State Park...

Oyster Reef Restoration

May 29, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Sean Flynn
Oyster Reef

The South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program (SCORE) is a community-based habitat restoration and monitoring program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Making It Grow Host and Clemson Extension Agent Amanda McNulty talks with Michael...

Ring Necked Pheasant

May 24, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Ring Necked Pheasant

A beautiful bird spotted in Ridgeway--is it native?

Why Does the Turtle Cross the Road?

May 23, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
It's common for female turtles to cross roadways during the spring and summer months while searching for nesting grounds.

Now that summer is approaching, it’s a common occurrence to see turtles crawling across roadways in South Carolina (and many other states). Ever wondered why that is? In honor of World Turtle Day , I spoke with Cris Hagen, Director of Animal Management at the Turtle...

The National Park Service's Exotic Plants Management Teams

May 23, 2018 - Posted in Making it Grow by Amanda McNulty
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The National Park Service staff wear a variety of hats. One responsibility that we might not think of is keeping invasive species at bay in what are described as some of the most iconic and...

The Dwarf Crested Iris

May 19, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Credit SC Public Radio Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . One of the native irises that I found listed in the AC Moore Herbarium’s SC Plant Atlas is Iris cristata – dwarf crested iris. The Herbarium map shows its having been...

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